Dedicated Taylor Wimpey staff in Exeter showed they’re all heart by raising an incredible £11,500 for the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) life saving research.
On Friday 13 September, employees of the housebuilding company held their annual golf charity day for the second year in support of the BHF in the fight against heart disease. Over the last two years, they have raised more than £15,000.
The team chose to support the BHF because one of its members is a proud grandparent of seven-year-old, Isabelle Ware.
Isabelle was born with Truncus Arteriosus – a serious heart condition that stops blood flowing correctly from the heart. Without open heart surgery at just nine days old she wouldn’t have survived. Belle had her second surgery in May 2017 and she will need on going care and surgeries for the rest of her life.
Before the BHF existed, the majority of babies born in the UK with a heart defect did not survive to their first birthday. Today, thanks to research, around 8 out of 10 survive to adulthood.
Isabelle recently took home the Events Hero Award at the BHF’s glittering Heart Hero Awards 2019 ceremony in London, after raising nearly £10,000 through fun events such as golf days and cake sales.
Victoria Carswell, BHF Fundraising Manager, said: “Being born with a heart condition hasn’t stopped Isabelle from grabbing life with both hands and making a big difference – and it’s wonderful to see her family following in her fundraising footsteps.”
“Without our passionate and dedicated supporters, including our corporate partners, we wouldn’t be able to fund life saving research that will end the devastation caused by heart and circulatory disease once and for all.
“That’s why it’s vital we partner with the likes of Taylor Wimpey to raise more money to help our researchers find better ways to prevent, treat and cure these conditions to beat heartbreak forever.”
Noel Staunton, Managing Director at Taylor Wimpey Exeter, said: “What we do is about so much more than building houses, and as soon as we heard Isabelle’s story we were determined to do whatever we could.
“I’m extremely proud of our team for raising such a fantastic amount to help the BHF carry out its amazing work, and we’re all delighted that Isabelle’s own fundraising events have been recognised.”
Last month, the BHF entered into a joint initiative with Taylor Wimpey to install public access defibrillators at all Taylor Wimpey developments across the country. This is the first joint venture of its kind in the housing industry and training sessions have already begun for Taylor Wimpey employees.
Staff and site teams across all Taylor Wimpey business units will receive training on how to deliver cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and correctly use a defibrillator during an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
For more information on how the BHF works with corporate partners, as well as how your business can get involved, visit www.bhf.org.uk